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A message from the Construction Unit, to our clients past, present and future


Like you all, we are working under very different conditions. Sean and Jan are used to working from home so the transition to home working has been straightforward. The only change is that callers may hear a dog barking in the background; we are working on some training on that issue! Our first concern is for people’s physical and mental well-being, but we know some employers, contractors and sub-contractors are worried about paying and getting paid on time.

We are happy to discuss options with you from the legal to the practical. There is no charge for an initial phone discussion, and we are open to no win no fee arrangements on suitable cases. Our debt recovery department works on a percentage of fee recovered; that might be of interest to some.

BREXIT: 11pm on 31 January 2020- some thoughts


Here in the construction unit, we have been pondering how to mark Brexit day. As lawyers, we are encouraged to consider mediation as a way of resolving disputes cheaply (relatively) and quickly. We know though that despite the court liking for mediation, there are some disputes that are simply not suitable for mediation. Brexit differences seem to fall into that category; discussion of Brexit rarely results in a change of position or a meeting of minds, rather a retreat to the trenches.

A New Case on Novation

This is the last Construction Unit news before the Christmas break and we wish you all an enjoyable break, whether or not it is a time of celebration for you.

The legal principle of unjust enrichment relied on by the Claimants in the December 2019 case of Munkenbeck [2019] EWHC 3225 in the Technology and Construction Court is rather esoteric, but this case will be of interest to consultants and contractors with novated appointments and building contracts.

Unjust enrichment involves the unjustly enriched paying the enricher the value of the benefit received. It can be claimed without a contract.
The case is lengthy, so in a nutshell:

Head of Construction attends the Adjudication Society Annual Conference

Our Head of Construction, Jan Grimshaw, attended the Adjudication Society Annual Conference on 7 November for an update on all matters adjudication, particularly the interplay between enforcement of adjudication decisions and the tactical use of CPR Part 8.

The next day Jan attended the Chancery Lane Project, a climate change conference for lawyers, spending the day discussing and working up ideas for "greening" contracts and workplaces.

Thanks to the Chancery Lane Project for organising this stimulating event. The Chancery Lane Project is inviting lawyers to host their own collaborative environment problem solving event. If you would be interested in attending or co-hosting an event in the Bristol area, please get in touch on jan.grimshaw@daviesandpartners.com.

 

Future Homes Standards- consultation closing 10 January 2020

Of interest to all involved in constructing houses, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government consultation ‘The Future Homes Standards’ is the first of two consultations on new standards for housing and is focused on changes to the Building Regulations, Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) for new dwellings.

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